His real name is Winston Foster. But to his fans, including the thousand or so who packed the Wax Museum Wednesday night, he is known only as Yellow Man. For four years he has been a popular Jamaican disc jockey and he's credited with a string of island hits.
Latecomers found themselves teetering atop stools to catch a glimpse of Yellow Man. Dapper in a three-piece suit, he strolled, sometimes paraded with right arm akimbo, back and forth across the stage, dubbing his sexy singing voice and thick patois onto basic Jamaican rhythm records, which were spun by an assistant.
While Yellow Man's name derives from the short, golden braids he conceals, for the most part, beneath an outsized hat--a cross between a derby and a pith helmet--his appeal is rooted in the Jamaican concept of disc jockey as star--a role that dates back to the early '60s, when the sound of stateside records inundated the islands and native recording studios had yet to be constructed.
By "dub" standards, Yellow Man's act is good, clean fun. At times he was coolly seductive, wooing the crowd with slightly exaggerated body movements, some rather obvious innuendos and an almost narcotizing blend of American and Jamaican music. Throughout, he sang in a musical fashion few dub masters could emulate, and by the time he sang his hits "Gone Man" and "Purpose," the crowd was nestled in the palm of his hand, singing and swaying as carefreely as Yellow Man himself.